Man shot outside Clovis eatery

By Jean Verlich: CNJ News editor

An adult male sustained multiple gunshot wounds to his leg midafternoon Friday outside a Clovis eatery, according to police.

A witness told police the shooting followed a verbal confrontation, according to a Clovis Police incident report.

Eddie Torres sustained four wounds to his left leg and was treated at Plains Regional Medical Center, according to police. They said they had no further information on Torres.

Clovis Police Chief Dan Blair said they “have some very good leads” but no arrests had been made.

The police report identifies the suspect as a 6-foot, 180-pound Hispanic male.

An employee of Bill’s Jumbo Burger in the 2100 block of Main Street said he saw a car pull up eastbound beside the drive-through and the driver get out and talk to Torres, who was in the drive-through, according to the police report. The employee said he heard four or five gunshots and saw both cars drive away from the scene, the report states.

An assistant manager of the eatery told the Clovis News Journal she was serving Torres in the drive-through when the incident occurred. The assistant manager said a man pulled up in a car in the adjacent Towne Crier parking lot, “got out of his car and started shooting” at Torres.

She said Torres got out of his car to hide beside the vehicle behind him.

After several shots were fired, the assistant manager said the suspect drove away in a northerly direction, and Torres drove away as well.

Police located Torres when they were called to PRMC for a report of a patient with gunshot wounds.